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August 2013: The Strathaven Balloon Festival

The annual Strathaven Balloon Festival took place during the last weekend in August and I went along on the Sunday evening to watch the balloons launch from Strathaven's John Hastie Park. This international festival is unique in Scotland and one of the largest ballooning events in the UK.

The first picture shows a basket being unloaded and prepared for flight:

Strathaven Balloon Festival

A crowd of volunteers and public watch a gas burner being tested:

Strathaven Balloon Festival

A passenger looking forward to a flight!

Strathaven Balloon Festival

A close up of the gas burners on a larger basket:

Strathaven Balloon Festival

The balloons are inflated using powerful fans:

Strathaven Balloon Festival

Strathaven Balloon Festival

Strathaven Balloon Festival

A volunteer helps steady a balloon:

Strathaven Balloon Festival

Whilst a crowd of onlookers take advantage of the view from a nearby hill:

Strathaven Balloon Festival

The burners are checked one final time:

Strathaven Balloon Festival

Before the balloons launch into the still evening air:

Strathaven Balloon Festival

Strathaven Balloon Festival

Strathaven Balloon Festival

Strathaven Balloon Festival

A great weekend and perfect weather for the balloons. Next year's event takes place from 22nd to 24th August and I hope to be back!

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